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What to see in Roskilde

Roskilde Attractions


Roskilde is popular for both its ancient atmosphere and its lively young population and visitors will find plenty of historical and modern attractions to occupy them. Probably the most famous attraction in Roskilde is the UNESCO-listed Roskilde Cathedral, the burial site for Danish royalty. Other great favourites include the Viking Ship Museum, with its enthralling collection of Viking artefacts and fun boat-building and sailing activities, and the Roskilde Museum, which has an interesting variety of displays detailing the city's long history. For a more hands-on experience of Danish history try a visit to the Lejre Research Centre, an interactive outdoor museum featuring reconstructions of living conditions from various eras of Roskilde's past. Roskilde Palace is also definitely worth a visit: it is a striking yellow Baroque mansion, built in 1733, and connected to the Roskilde Cathedral by the Absalon Arch. The palace is a former royal residence which now houses the Roskilde Museum of Contemporary Art and the Palace Collections, among other things.

There is a pedestrian street running down the centre of Roskilde which provides a good starting point for exploration of the city, as it is crammed with attractions, restaurants, bars and shops. Although it seems unlikely that visitors will run out of things to see and do in Roskilde, the city does benefit from being conveniently close to Copenhagen, giving visitors easy access to all the wonders of the capital city as well.


Lejre Research Centre

The Lejre Research Centre, also known as the Land of Legends, is one of the most popular attractions in Roskilde. It…

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Roskilde Cathedral

The Roskilde Cathedral was the first Gothic cathedral built out of brick during the 12th and 13th centuries. Since the…

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Viking Ship Museum

Roskilde's Viking Ship Museum is home to five Viking ships dating back to the 11th century. The ships were deliberately…

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